Re: Crow hunting
When I was younger I used to go with my Father hunting crows. I had a great horned owl that I shot when I was 16 (back then they actually paid a bounty(15$) on owls. I had the magnificent owl mounted with heavy gage wire It was mounted on a limb that had a hole in the middle so you could shove it down on a sappling when calling the crows. We had an old Johnny stewart electronic call It played a 45 rpm record with a loud speaker. The crows would come swopping in trying to knock the owl off the perch.we would shoot them with 12 gage shotguns. It wasnt easy as they were a tough target but we got quite a few that way.
I collected the tail feathers. I still have the feathers and the owl. But we never ate them. I also hunted woodchucks but after while I felt quilty for just shooting them and letting them lay.The crow is an incredibly smart bird and I love to see them and hear them. Woodchucks are also a wonderful animal.
My dad told me how they used to eat woodchuck during the depression days. So I asked him if we could do so. WE shot 3 and we skinned them and cooked them (parboiled them first) then grilled them -they were ok but rather tough. They are a very clean animal they only eat good green vegetation.
After that I quit hunting woodchucks and crows I just couldnt bring myself to shoot them for no reason.
As Ive gotten older I think more about what and why Im shooting something. Ifeel that I must either eat what I shoot or make something of the fur or do something with the life I have taken. I dont think crow would be that good to eat as they will eat almost anything rancid or not but they are a magnificent bird worthy of respect.